Case # 35180
Ajitpal Singh Sekhon v. Her Majesty the Queen (November 8, 2013)
At issue is Whether the trial judge erred in relying on the expert evidence of the police officer. The appellant was convicted of importation and possession for the purposes of trafficking of 50 kilos of cocaine. The drugs were seized by border officers who found it hidden in the compartment of a pickup truck when crossing the Canada-U.S. border. The case was entirely circumstantial and the only issue at trial was whether he was aware of the cocaine in his truck. On appeal the appellant argued among that the trial judge should not have admitted or relied on the expert evidence of a police officer. The police officer testified that in his experience as an investigator he had never encountered a blind courier. The officer claimed that individuals tasked with importing controlled substances in such large amounts would be part of a closely knit organization. The majority of the Court of Appeal
dismissed the appeal.